IRELAND’S top opera singer Celine Byrne was back home in Naas this month to help raise funds for The Moat Theatre.
Celine and her musical team put on a show-stopping performance at the theatre to help raise funds for badly-needed renovation works and she had the crowd in the palm of her hand. It was her birthday on Wednesday 3 May so The Moat Theatre staff asked local restaurant Alice’s to make her a cake for the occasion.
“Celine put on a performance worthy of her birthday on both nights and she made sure that the audience bought raffle tickets, too, to raise as much money as possible for the theatre,” said Celine Garvey, assistant manager at The Moat. “Like all the Naas locals, she does not want to see such a valuable local amenity struggling for cash.”
Stunning arias and classic melodies like You’ll never walk alone filled the theatre and earned her standing ovations. However, the main point was never far from Celine’s mind.
“She gave up her time for The Moat, and she was delighted so many came out to support the cause,” added Ms Garvey. “The theatre needs upgrading. When it was developed in 2003 into a 200-seat venue, the plan would have always been to redevelop with the changing times. Yet, as the times changed, money became precious in people’s pockets so maintenance was more about health and safety than aesthetics.”
Thanks to continued funding from Kildare County Council, the generosity of its patrons and the support from performers such as Celine, the theatre can look forward to a long and bright future.
“Congratulations to all involved! This week, The Moat had its cake and ate it,” laughed Ms Garvey.